Datamation's Mike Elgan reports:
"In a nutshell, the iPad is potentially one of the most important,
culture-changing products in history, because it can replace all
media. Or, more accurately, it changes how people use all media.
One device can replace videogame consoles, TV, radio, DVRs, cable,
books, magazines, newspapers and more. It also replaces eBook
readers, DVD players, laptops and netbooks."
Complete Apple iPad in 60 Seconds
EnterpriseMobileToday's Andy Patrizio says:
"Apple had one more surprise for the audience. The iPod Touch and
iPhone use an ARM processor, but the iPad uses what Jobs called the
Apple A4 processor, a 1GHz chip "that just screams," he said.
"Making its own processor marks a sea change for the way that
the Mac maker has long done business, though it's been dropping
hints on the move for some time. In 2007, Apple acquired chipmaker
PA Semi, a move seen widely as a precursor to the company rolling
out its own mobile-friendly processors."
Apple's 'Truly Magical' iPad Debuts
The New York Times' Brad Stone and Jenna Wortham note a number
of feature omissions:
"However, the device lacks a camera, the ability to make phone
calls and does not work with the ubiquitous Flash software that
runs many Web sites. Apple is selling accessories such as a stand
and a keyboard."
Apple Reveals the iPad Tablet
The Free Software Foundation is unimpressed:
"*With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented
extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers*
"SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA -- Wednesday, January 27, 2010
-- As Steve Jobs and Apple prepared to announce their new tablet
device, activists opposed to Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)
from the group Defective by Design were on hand to draw the media's
attention to the increasing restrictions that Apple is placing on
general purpose computers. The group set up "Apple Restriction
Zones" along the approaches to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
in San Francisco, informing journalists of the rights they would
have to give up to Apple before proceeding inside.
DRM is used by Apple to restrict users' freedom in a variety of
ways, including blocking installation of software that comes from
anywhere except the official Application Store, and regulating
every use of movies downloaded from iTunes. Apple furthermore
claims that circumventing these restrictions is a criminal offense,
even for purposes that are permitted by copyright law.
Organizing the protest, Free Software Foundation (FSF)
operations manager John Sullivan said, "Our Defective by Design
campaign has a successful history of targeting Apple over its DRM
policies. We organized actions and protests targeting iTunes music
DRM outside Apple stores, and under the pressure Steve Jobs dropped
DRM on music. We're here today to send the same message about the
other restrictions Apple is imposing on software, ebooks, and
movies. If Jobs and Apple are actually committed to creativity,
freedom, and individuality, they should prove it by eliminating the
restrictions that make creativity and freedom illegal."
The group is asking citizens to sign a petition calling on Steve
Jobs to remove DRM from Apple devices. The petition can be found
"Attention needs to be paid to the computing infrastructure our
society is becoming dependent upon. This past year, we have seen
how human rights and democracy protesters can have the technology
they use turned against them by the corporations who supply the
products and services they rely on. Your computer should be yours
to control. By imposing such restrictions on users, Steve Jobs is
building a legacy that endangers our freedom for his profits," said
FSF executive director Peter Brown.
Other critics of DRM have asserted that Apple is not
responsible, and it is the publishers insisting on the
restrictions. However, on the iPhone and its new tablet, Apple does
not provide publishers any way to opt out of the restrictions --
even free software and free culture authors who want to give legal
permission for users to share their works.
"This is a huge step backward in the history of computing," said
FSF's Holmes Wilson, "If the first personal computers required
permission from the manufacturer for each new program or new
feature, the history of computing would be as dismally totalitarian
as the milieu in Apple's famous Super Bowl ad."